A recent report from SaveOnEnergy.com illustrates the potential benefits of converting wasted food to energy, and the findings are very compelling. Using the average weight of food wasted per person in North America, the report calculates the approximate energy that could be generated should the food be digested rather than sent to landfill.
The US Environmental Protection Agency's Food Recovery Hierarchy lists "Industrial Uses" (i.e., energy conversion) as the fourth-preferred method of reducing food waste, above composting and, of course, sending the waste to landfill. And although prevention sits atop the hierarchy, SaveOnEnergy.com's report makes clear why conversion to energy is a worthy end for any unavoidable, inedible food waste.
Though it's best to prevent food waste before it happens, energy conversion carries a unique set of benefits. As part of a holistic food waste reduction strategy, energy conversion can help address any unavoidable food waste that wasn't prevented in the first place.
To see SaveOnEnergy.com's full report and infographics, click here.